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where should we visit in texas???

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where should we visit in texas???


Visiting the U.S next year, and would love to visit Texas for a week or so o n the trip. Problem is, Im not sure where to go. My partner and I are in our early 20's from Australia, and we'd be intersted in visiting a place where we might be able to visit some sort of cowboy ranch, experience some great live music venues of the fun, country music variety, and a place where we can get a good steak and possibly see some American football.

Doesnt have to be a city, in fact we'd like to get an authentic taste of the 'real' texas - whatever that may be!!!

Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!

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We moved to Austin 2 years ago, and love it! It is in the Texas Hill Country and close to Bandera (where there are a lot of dude ranches). Austin has a great music scene (6th Street) where they close the side roads down on the weekends after 11 PM or so, and everyone wanders from bar to bar and music scene to music scene (a lot of it is free cover). Austin is very eclectic, so you can be yourself totally. Lake Travis is nearby for a great water experience (there is even a park called Hippie Hollow, where it is clothing optional). And we have Town Lake, too - walking/biking trail, kayaking, etc. Also, there is a hostel in town on Town Lake, if you don't want to spend a lot of money.

It's a great town to visit, and people say that if you are going to move to Texas, Austin is it!

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Check the previous threads for more details. Short answer:

Bandera - Cowboys

Fort Worth - Stock Yards

Gruene Hall - Texas Music / Dance Hall

Floores Country Store -Texas Music / Dance Hall

Austin - Texas Music, eclectic lifestyle, alternative lifestyle friendly

San Antonio - Down Home feel, Remember the Alamo, great Tex-Mex Food

Dallas (Forth Worth) Football, although any Friday night in the fall in any High School stadium is a great place to see real football.

If you're around in Jan-March hit a real Rodeo

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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for February 27-March 18, 2007. Big name country musicians perform after the actual rodeo each night. In November, I believe, the performers are usually announced. Look at www.hlsr.com for more information.

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Austin is also number one in my book. you've got all the things you are looking for either right here or nearby plus you have great scenery and very friendly people. Lots of people your age too. Our coastline is very flat and the water is sort of murky unless you go all the way South to S. Padre. I'd suggest a drive between Austin and San Antonio with a night at each. You will have more of the Tex-mex experience in San Antonio and the Texas Hill country in between is nice (if you take the backroads). It's less than an hour between the two cities. If you want the dude ranch and cowboy experience, from SA, head NW to N through more hill country. there are several dude ranches in that area. If you are looking for the flat dry tumbleweedy Texas, you might want to consider starting in Amarillo and heading out of the state toward Albuquerque. The second largest canyon in the US is in Amarillo, and you can see the Cadillacs that are buried in desert outside Amarillo. Truthfully though, I haven't found much in Amarillo to get that excited about. It's just that some people want that dry landscape they saw in the old westerns, and it's up there.

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I would say Fort Worth and the Dallas area would be great to visit...

Billy Bobs in Ft Worth lots of music, even gets big artists, they do have a website

FTW also had the stockyards with a train that goes from ftw to grapevine (great shopping and vineyards), the stockyards have cobblestone streets and lots of creative shops, great food all around, risky's is one of my husband's favorite barbque places, the white elephant bar, and there is even an old hotel (remodled) in the same area, the court house is beautiful to see..great museums,

Irving, just outside Dallas is home to the Dallas Cowboys,

Dallas is short drive away and offers many clubs to go to, deep ellum always has bands playing, and is very fun to visit...

there is a small town just north of ftworth, Prosper has a great old time favorite steak house, about 30 minutes from ft worth but so worth the drive...

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This is a tough one since you're from Australia and it's a 1 time deal most likely. I would definitely center my attention around Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. However, as I've stated on many posts, Austin is NOT representaitve of the true Texas. It could very well be Melbourne (w/o the ocean) placed in Texas. It's just like any other big city with miles of concrete and asphalt, traffic and homeless folks begging for money on the corners.

However, that doesn't mean that Austin has nothing to offer or that most people aren't just great. Texas, as a whole, has the nicest and most respectful people I've ever met. The 'Texas State History' museum is pretty cool and very informative. Head outside of Austin for a day in Fredricksburg which may be my favorite town in Texas, go float down the Guadalupe River on tubes, antique shopping next door in Gruene or maybe hit the mega outlets in San Marcos? I've never been but I've heard good things about Wimberly.

Steaks? The best steak in any city can be found at "Ruths Chris Steakhouse" in my opinion. It's a high $$ chain but awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!! A mid-priced place we like is "Texas Land & Cattle". The most famous steak in Texas can be found in Amarillo at The Big Texan ( www.bigtexan.com ). You need to have BBQ while in Texas....20 minutes outside of Autin in Lockhart which has the best in my opinion (Smitty's, Black's and Kreuz Market are all highly respected).

Football is king in Texas. As somebody else said, every friday in any town will have football or go to a UT college game on a saturday (good luck getting tickets) or drive up north and watch America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys whoop up on some lesser opponent.

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7. Re: where should we visit in texas???

Skip Dallas and Houston.

See San Antonio, Austin, and West Texas.

Check out the cultural melange in San Antone, the hippie Hill Country vibe in Austin, and go up to Lubbock for a Texas Tech football game.

Fort Worth has great museums. Stephenville is cowboy central, and Lockhart has the world's best BBQ.

For good steaks, Ruth's Chris is good, but like the Palm, they have them in every big city. I'm partial to Bob's on Lemmon Ave in Dallas.

Only go to Dallas and Houston if you like traffic and shopping.

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To fit in all that you requested, Fort Worth will best fit the bill. If you would like to see Dallas while here, you can ride the train over there one day. And after 3 or 4 days, maybe head on down to the hill country and/or Austin to see another aspect of a large and diverse state.

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I'm very fond of Fort Worth too. I also love the museums there. And it's near Dallas. If you are in Dallas you've got to see where Kennedy was assassinated, just for the strangeness of it all. It's just a big X painted in the middle of the road with no explanation.

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Hi Steph, welcome to the forum.I saw your empty replybox some 12 hours ago and now yoú reveived 9 posts already. Yeehaw!

We visited this great state last year 3.5 weeks) and I can't judge the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston area although I heard several Texans say that especially Fort Worth makes a great visit.

For one week I would advice Austin, San Antonio and Hill Country.

San Antonio is very impressive with it's unique River Walk and The Alamo, not overwhelming from the outside but a real icon and if like American History, this is a must visit too.

Austin is music town! Stayed here 4 days and watched a football game (on TV, game sold out) but we saw the stadium from the interstate. Also see the bats fly out at dusk. They are under a bridge not far from where all the music is (don't remember it's name) and we also visited State Capitol with its huge dome.

Like the specialists said, Bandera for duderanches and we enjoyed the Rio Frio and Leakey area. If you should visit SA,Austin and HC buy a travelbook. We used Frommers but others have good books too. Enchanted Rock and Gruene (have dinner at the Old Mill and enjot the views, it's right behind the Hall.

For steaks: Best ever. Also in Amarillo at the Big Texan (good but not the best) but Amarillo is less interesting imo unless for Palo Duro Canyon SP and a visit to the Plains Museum, both south of Am. (or that odd Cadillac Ranch, west of Am.) It's a long drive from San Antonio though.

Even longer is the drive to the most beautiful part of Tx (imo).

Big Bend NP in the far west is unbelieve but far far away and very hot in Summer.

Also the Davis Mountains are worth a visit and the drive from BB along Rio Grande to Presidio is one of the most scenic drives in the USA. Even further is Guadalupe NP (El Capitan is on the photo under Tet14!). A hiking park with long and strenuous walks.

Well ,you know by now we had a great Tx time and we even stayed at the beach and drove all the way from El Paso to SPI. Go Man....